CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 9 Episode 6

Say Uncle

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Nov 13, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The CSI team investigates a shooting at a Koreatown neighborhood party, in which the mother and uncle of a small boy, Park Bang, are murdered.

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  • A very good episode with a sad ending.

    The episode finishes with Grissom saying he would have liked not to solve the case. It starts with two death people, a man and a woman in Koreatown neighborhood and a disappeared child. Nick and Railey find the little kid in a house of the neighbourhood and Grissom gets information about the kid who had being treated to avoid the development of AIDS. The death people were the boy's mum and uncle.

    The episode is really good with an interesting plot and some theories about what realy happened. That's why I say the ending is sad because although the child tries to incriminate the man his mum and him lived with, Grissom and Railey discover that what the kid says can't be possible because the evidences say the child is lying. The poor kid finishes in the reformatory.moreless
  • Two murders take place in Korean town.

    In this episode of CSI, the following happens. The team are called in when people (a man and a woman) are killed in a Korean town in Vegas. When a pair of children's sunglasses are found at the crime scene, covered in blood, it becomes obvious that the child is missing and may be in danger, so the team try to track him down. We soon learn that the male victim was realised from prison that very morning, the team have no id on the female victim. The team are soon led to believe that the male victim may have a son, but he turns out to be his nephew. The team soon believe that this nephew maybe be the little boy who witnessed the murders. The team soon find the boy and take him to the hospital, for him to be checked over. We soon learn that the little boy has HIV and has a tube attached to his stomach for his medication. When the drugs in his system are run they learn that most of the drugs the little has been taken are from a clinical trial. When this becomes known Grissom and Child services put a stop to all experimental treatment on the boy. We soon learn that the woman with no ID is actually the boy's mother. They were both killed by his mother's boyfriend. But soon the evidence supports the theory that both of them killed each other. So they set up a re-enactment to get the facts right. From the re-enactment we see that the boy was the one who killed his mother after she killed his uncle. At the end we see the little 8 year old boy being taken into police custody.moreless
  • Grissom and his team are called to Koreatown to investigate the shooting deaths of the mother and uncle of an eight year-old boy.

    This is a good episode of "CSI" though I would not rank it as one of my favorites. The script is very well written. I do like how it keeps the viewer guessing on what the outcome of the investigation will be and comes to a conclusion I'm sure very few or no viewers thought would occur. The actor who plays the HIV positive boy at the center of the investigation is very good in this episode. What I did not care for is the old and tried plot device involving the doctor who represents the heartless, evil drug companies.moreless
  • Twist and turns....

    I have to agree with Grissom. I'm sorry they solved this case. From the beginning I felt so sorry for an innocent little boy. I appreciated the challenge with the Korean community. I thought the differing twists from mother and uncle and who wanted what was best for the child. Then to learn he is simply being used as a human guinea pig I ofund it just appalling. It's no wonder that he was pushed to the brink of taking his own destiny in his hands. Brass was right, at least in juvenile detention he'll get the care and protection he needs. But at what a cost.moreless
  • Emotional

    CSI really has so many emotional episodes this season and they have totally different atmosphere than last year and by surprisingly I like it.. I am not sure what happens when Grissom leaves but last year I was giving up on this show and now I have no thoughts like that.

    But this episode - the way it starts, looking like little Asian paradise and then those shoots and the whole story. It has misunderstandment, shocking story turns like the bomb and old woman with gun and no way - the ending when the solved the case.. the way Grissom said he wish they did not solved it.. it was heart breaking.. Beautiful episode.moreless
Olivia Sui

Olivia Sui

Korean Teenager

Guest Star

Gavin Toy

Gavin Toy

Park Bang

Guest Star

Brian Fong

Brian Fong

Korean Father

Guest Star

David Berman

David Berman

David Phillips

Recurring Role

Liz Vassey

Liz Vassey

Wendy Simms

Recurring Role

Archie Kao

Archie Kao

Archie Johnson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Episode title: Say Uncle:

      Alludes to the term of the same name. To force someone to 'say uncle', means that you have forced them into submission, and will allow them freedom, only once they have admitted it.

    • Goof: Brass was asking the Child Protective Service officer who the dead woman in the photo was...but her name (Kora Sila) was on the picture already, plain as day w/o pausing/zooming in.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Riley: How do we know Cora wasn't packing? The father of her son was a gangster, she was living with a gangster, I wouldn't put it past her.
      Grissom: Well, let's see. (grabs the vic's jeans)
      Riley: Most woman's clothes don't have a place to hide a gun, that's uh, what purses are for.

    • Grissom: You think that they shot each other?
      Riley: Why not? There's motive. The evidence suggests it.
      Grissom: Where are their guns?
      Riley: Dead man with a gun in the hood, gone in sixty seconds. Jin skips town because this family dispute uncovers his once invisible gang. He leaves the booby trap because he's angry about it.
      Grissom: It's possible. It's also possible that Jin shot both vics. Which is what the kid said and he was the closest witness.
      Riley: If your uncle and your mother shot each other, you would probably blame the gang banger too.
      Grissom: Okay, pilgrim. We'll settle this on the street.

    • Brass: I just got faxed Sung Bang's prison record, and there's something weird on his personal release form. Listen to this, the guy left prison with a 9mm.
      Grissom: They let him out of jail with a gun?
      Brass: Well, it's only a misdemeanor, y'know, it's like a hotel, you get back what you checked in.
      Grissom: So, you can go out and commit a felony?
      Brass: Apparently.

    • Nick: I know this seems like a simple trash hut, but it could make or break the case. The sooner we find this stuff, the sooner we're gonna find this kid. So, don't be afraid to get your hands dirty. (notices Hodges not walking with them) Hodges, come on man, I know you're not nuts about the field but I didn't bring you all the way out here to just stand around, you know what I mean?
      Hodges: Can I see you for a second?
      Nick (walks over to him): What?
      Hodges: You can work hard or ... (opens up a trash bin right by the crime scene) ... you can work smart. (Nick pulls out a bag from Dempsey's department store) Can I go now?

    • Greg: Nothing says 'I love you' like processed sugar.

    • Catherine (about the victim): Our girl's done time. Three months for prostitution.
      Greg: Three months, that's pretty harsh for Vegas.
      Catherine: Prostitution with HIV.
      Greg: Oh, that's like pointing the gun and pulling the trigger.

    • Catherine (while in the forensic lab in the department store): Wow. You've got some really great cameras.
      Manager: As good as any on the strip. In fact our crime lab is better equipped than most in the country.
      Catherine: Now, that's a crime.

    • Catherine (upon seeing the forensic 'lab' in the department store): Must have a hell of a shoplifting problem.

    • Manager: One of my video analysts caught news of your double in Koreatown and reconized the male vic while scanning one of our video feeds from a unrelated shoplifting investigation.
      Brass: Wow.
      Catherine: Video analyst?
      Manager: Yeah, why what do you call 'em?

    • Grissom: Brass pasted the vic's photo around make over town.
      Catherine: Make over town? L.A?
      Grissom: No. It's a block of plastic surgeons in our Koreatown.
      Catherine: Our Koreatown is a block.
      Grissom: Maybe that's why he was able to find the doctor.

    • Catherine (about Sun): So this guy gets out of jail and under the running time of The Godfather, he's dead.
      Riley: Well, a lot of people die at the end of The Godfather.

    • Grissom (about the victim): Attractive girl, on drugs, on the street, with an ex-con, and no I.D.
      Doc Robbins: Sounds like a street hooker.
      Grissom: Yeah. But not someone who pays for plastic surgery.
      Doc Robbins: Ah, well, maybe it's a business investment, courtesy of her pimp.

    • Grissom: Two guys, two killers?
      Doc Robbins: Or one killer, two guns. Gangsta style.

    • Greg: Sir, if you speak English now would be a good time to start...
      Korean Man: I'll be William Shakespeare if it gets me out of here any faster.

    • Grissom: Hey Park. My name is Gil. I'm not a Doctor, I'm not a policeman, I'm kind of a... what am I? I don't know. I mostly do a lot of thinking. But I do need to look under your fingernails.

    • Grissom: The kid shot his mother for shooting his uncle.
      Brass: So you think Jin had nothing to do with it?
      Grissom: Not the shooting.
      Brass: Well, it makes sense. His uncle was trying to protect him, his mother was torturing him.
      Grissom: Park never controlled anything in his life till he fired that gun.
      Brass: An HIV-positive eight-year-old. No wonder no-one wanted to talk. Juvie may be the best thing for him. He'll get the care he needs there.
      Grissom: Yeah. I'm sorry we solved this. I really am.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Hodný strýček (Nice Uncle)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Norway: March 3, 2009 on TVNorge
      Belgium: May 25, 2009 on VT4
      Germany: September 10, 2009 on RTL
      Finland: September 23, 2009 on MTV3
      Spain: October 20, 2009 on AXN
      Czech Republic: February 11, 2010 on TV Nova

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      Andare/Ascolta- Ludovico Einaudi
      What I've Done- Linkin Park
      You Took Too Much- Horse Noodles

    • Prior names for this episode were The Theory Of Evolution and Big Bang Theory.


    • Dempsey's has a "forensics lab" that processes its own shoplifters. Their AV Tech is named Artie and their Print Tech is Mindy. This is openly alluding at the show's lab rats Archie Johnson and Mandy Webster.